In today’s installment of My Adventures With the Pearl we explore using a memory card and putting media files on it.
To see more pictures of the inside of the Pearl (than you really wanted to) check out 8100 Disassembly
Oh, that looks scary! I’m certainly not going to be doing that.
Once the memory card is snuggly in the phone it’s time to set it up to use it. With the phone turned on (Duh) access the settings.
Take note that this page will also show you the amount of storage available and used on the card. Trust me, at some point you will ask yourself how much space is left.
Now, whenever you plug the phone into your computer via the USB cable it will be immediately seen as normal removable storage. I have done this with my Windows laptop and my brother’s MAC. Works like a charm.
On a computer you will see the root directory of the card has a folder called “blackberry” and inside that is Music, Video, Pictures, Ringtones. The phone needs those. Within those folders you are free to add other folders to organize your files. One of the annoying aspects of other “multimedia” phones is that while I can make “playlists” of music or video I have to place all the files in one big messy directory. Call me crazy but that really makes me unhappy. I like systems and devices which let me be in control of my data. I create, for example, a folder in the Pictures director called Wallpaper. When I attended the Wired Store Opening I created a folder called Wired for all the pictures I took with the Pearl at the store that night. That way at home I could easily copy the entire directory at once without rooting around the other picture files. I hate rooting around. Drives me bats.
mencoder -vf scale=240:180 (input file) -o (output file) -of avi -ovc lavc -oac lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=230:acodec=mp3:abitrate=64